JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — According to Indiana State Police, a driver of a passenger car spilled a drink on herself, causing her to sideswipe a Griffith School Corporation bus.
The bus carrying players and staff of the boys basketball team crashed and overturned on Interstate 65 near mile marker 230 in Jasper County Saturday afternoon.
Public Information Officer Ann Wojas stated in a release the crash was caused after 23-year-old Dominique Small, of Terre Haute, was traveling south in a 2001 Kia when she spilled a drink on herself and sideswiped Griffith’s bus, which caused the bus to overturn.
A school bus from Kankakee Valley School Corporation and ambulances took 20 people to Franciscan Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. All the injuries were non-life threatening
Small and her passenger were also taken to Franciscan Jasper County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to a press release from the Griffith High School, Griffith’s Freshmen boys basketball coach David Garrett was airlifted to the University of Chicago Hospital.
The team was on its way to Lafayette for a semi-state tournament game.
“Our hearts are heavy today,” Griffith Public Schools Superintendent Peter Morikis stated in the release. “What began with excitement – as the fulfillment of a dream to play in the semi-state tournament – has ended tragically. We are praying today for the members of our Griffith school family, who have been injured.”
ISP closed one lane of I-65 for a about four hours. Traffic was backed up for almost 10 miles while officials investigated the crash.
I-65 has since been reopened.
Griffith’s game against Marion has been postponed at this time.